My name is Reema Faris and I was elected to the position of Trustee on the West Vancouver Board of Education.
In 2011, after much reflection, I decided to put my name forward for the consideration of voters in School District #45.
I have a profound belief in the value of education and the benefits of learning as well as a passion for the public education system.
I’ve been an active parent-volunteer in the West Vancouver School District since 2006. I attended my first PAC meeting that year when my son started kindergarten. I walked in a first-time school parent and left as the District Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) representative. In the time since, I’ve served as a member of the school’s Parents Advisory Council (PAC), including two years as Chair and one year as co-Chair, and at the district level as a member and executive member of the District Parents Advisory Council (DPAC). I’ve also had the privilege of working on a number of School District committees.
In September 2010, I made the decision to enrol in the Graduate Liberal Studies program at Simon Fraser University. When completed, this will not be my first Masters degree (I have an MBA from the University of Toronto). It’s not inconsequential to say we need to help our students learn to love learning for learning’s sake because in my work as a Teaching Assistant in SFU’s Department of Humanities (Burnaby Campus) I get the sense that this joy of learning is elusive for many students.
I’m not solely an academic. My private sector career has spanned various areas of communications, and the skills I’ve gained through these experiences I can also bring to bear on the contributions I make to help sustain and guide public education in West Vancouver.
“Public education, of every denomination, should be directed to form citizens;
but if you wish to make good citizens, you must first exercise the affections...This is the only way to expand the heart; for public affections, as well as publicvirtues, must ever grow out of the private character, or they are merely meteorsthat shoot athwart a dark sky, and disappear as they are gazed at and admired."Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, 1792